Cuts in Russian gas supplies to Europe are explained by technical issues with turbines, rather than political reasons, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, adding there was “no hidden agenda.”
Russia remains a reliable gas supplier and strictly fulfils all its obligations, Peskov told reporters on a regular conference call.
However, issues with the maintenance of Gazprom turbines in Europe have caused lower supplies, he added. “It's strange to drag politics into everything,” Peskov also said.
Russia's state energy giant Gazprom cut flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany by 60% last week, blaming the move on Europe decision to withhold vital turbines due to sanctions.
Europe has been widely affected by Russia limiting its gas deliveries. On Thursday, Germany declared the second phase of its three-stage emergency plan for natural gas supplies. German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck said "gas is from now on in short supply in Germany," and the country is currently “in an economic confrontation with Russia."